Man revived after overdose, later arrested on gun, drug charges as ‘career criminal’


LACONIA — A man with a felony history who was revived from an overdose on Aug. 10 was arrested Friday and arraigned on gun and drug charges.

William R. Kimball, 27, faces charges of possession of narcotic drugs and possession with intent to distribute as well as possession of a dangerous weapon, and an armed career criminal count related to having a gun after previous felony convictions.

He was being held in county jail with cash bail set at $3,500.

Patrol officer Anna R. Brewer-Croteau said in court documents that Kimball was unconscious and not breathing when she found him in an upstairs bedroom at 171 Gilford Ave., at 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 10. He was revived. A drug called naloxone, or Narcan, is often used to reverse opioid overdoses, but her report was not specific on this point.

A loaded 9 mm pistol was found on the bed and a loaded .22-caliber handgun was found in a nearby bag.

Kimball had previous felony convictions for robbery and assault in 2007 and drug sales in 2012. A warrant was issued for him on the gun charges, and he was arrested on that warrant at 1:03 a.m. Friday.

Officer Erik A. Benoit said he saw Kimball on a bicycle near the intersection of Gilford Avenue and Dewey Street early on Friday morning. Officers allegedly found methamphetamine, heroin and Suboxone on him. Suboxone is used to treat opioid addiction. They also found more than $1,500 on him.

When a plastic bag containing a crystal substance was placed on the trunk of the patrol car, Kimball said, “Yeah, it’s meth,” Benoit stated.

Four hours after the arrest, a resident who lives near where the arrest was made found a loaded firearm in front of the residence.

“The firearm was located 10-15 feet from where Kimball was taken into custody and appeared to have been discarded, as it had skipped across dirt in the front yard of the residence,” Benoit stated.


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US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits Wolfeboro to hear local concerns


WOLFEBORO — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue came to Town Hall Friday morning to listen to concerns from the people of rural New Hampshire.

Those concerns ran the gamut from the opioid crisis to the cost of municipal infrastructure upgrades to the lack of broadband internet access in some areas.

Perdue, who has been on the job since April and served as governor of Georgia, noted that in addition to farming, his department also oversees food safety and rural development.

The format of Perdue's appearance was a roundtable discussion. About 70 people were in attendance, including 15 on the panel.

Joining him at the head of the table were Gov. Chris Sununu, and U.S. Reps. Carol Shea-Porter and Anne McLane Kuster. Other panelists included Mitch Yeaton of White Horse Addiction Center in Ossipee, Wolfeboro Town Manager David Owen and Dr. Larissa Baia of Lakes Region Community College.

"I want to hear your ideas and challenges," said Perdue. "How can the federal government, specifically, the USDA help to facilitate, improve rural prosperity, rural quality of life and not just get out of your way?"

Yeaton said he would like to expand White Horse's campus to have 120 beds for long-term recovery, but he's running into red tape when it comes to grant funding.

"We are ready to go. We can run this thing," said Yeaton. "We just need to get it started, but when you go for the grants, we are told because you are Christian, you can't get it. We are told, 'you haven't been around long enough; you can't get it.'"

Yeaton said 120 beds would be a "big deal" in New Hampshire because there aren't a lot of beds available now.

Perdue said in the past, drug abuse was often thought of as an inner-city problem, but it's in rural communities, too.

Owen discussed the needs of town water and information infrastructure. He said the town still has some of Wolfeboro's original water system from the 1890s, while other parts date back to the 1930s and '40s.

"It's going to cost, according to the asset management plan, $100 million – a million dollars a year for 100 years – to replace all the water infrastructure just in this little town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire," said Owen, adding that rural development programs are an important source of funding for New Hampshire towns.

Owen also highlighted the importance of broadband internet connection.

He said high-speed internet allows people to work from anywhere in the world. For instance, Owen said one resident moved to Wolfeboro from Los Angeles and is operating a special effects studio out of his home.

"He just finished the latest season of 'Game of Thrones' from his studio here in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire," said Owen, adding that the resident telecommutes to work in Hollywood. "A lot of people are doing that, but you can only do it if you have broadband infrastructure."

There are some areas of town that still don't have internet access, said Owen, adding that he's been to Third World countries with more coverage.

Perdue said the USDA has programs that can help with infrastructure issues like the water system, and he agreed that internet access is critical for business and education and health-care purposes.

Shea-Porter told Perdue that New Hampshire is an aging state because people come here to retire and also because the young people are leaving.

"One of our challenges now, and it ties into broadband, counseling and jobs, is to keep the next generation in place," said Shea-Porter, adding that the cost of higher education causes many young people to go elsewhere. "Sometimes they leave and don't come back."

Sununu said that some of the various departments in Washington, such as the Federal Communications Commission, don't always treat New Hampshire as the rural state it is because of New Hampshire's proximity to Boston.

"One thing to remember and why it's so important that we all have a voice here is to remind them of what the true dynamics of New Hampshire are versus the Washington perception, and they vary from department to department," said Sununu, adding that a rural designation allows New Hampshire to pursue certain funding streams.

At another point in the meeting, Sununu said he is actively promoting New Hampshire's rural charm and that he's also seeking input from millennials to find out what they want New Hampshire to offer.

Perdue stressed that he wants to be helpful to state and local leaders.

He said when he was governor of Georgia, he felt that federal government officials were sometimes overbearing. He said that, in contrast, he wants to work collaboratively with state and local governments.

"I would probably agree the government closest to the people is the one that's trusted the most and operates most effectively," said Perdue, adding that the USDA was visiting "not from the lord-you-over perspective but from the grassroots up, from local to state and federal, how can we work together for the benefit of all these people not only in this area but across the country."

From Wolfeboro, Perdue traveled to the Russell-Colbath House, a site within the White Mountain National Forest, where he was scheduled to swear in Tony Tooke as the new U.S. Forest Service chief. The ceremony had been set to take place at the Pemigawesett Overlook on the Kancamagus, but high winds caused the ceremony to be moved to a more sheltered location.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, center, holds court at a roundtable meeting Friday at Wolfeboro Town Hall. At left is Gov. Chris Sununu. At right is U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter. (Daymond Steer/Conway Daily Sun)

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Don't worry, no change planned in city road services through winter


LACONIA — Snow plowing and trash pickup will continue through the winter on all roads in the city where these services are now offered, Public Works Director Wes Anderson said Thursday.

He said a number of citizens have expressed concern about the issue because the city has been considering changing the designation of some streets.

There are more than 200 roads in Laconia that are private and privately maintained. For another 47 roads, the city has been providing maintenance but it's not clear why it is doing so as no evidence has been found showing they were ever authorized or accepted as city streets.

State law states that public funds can't be spent on private roads, and it is a long process to convert a private road to a public road. However, the law does allow the city to continue basic maintenance on “emergency lanes,” including snow plowing, for purposes of ensuring access by firefighters, police and paramedics.

On Monday, the City Council delayed action on designating seven of those 47 roads as emergency lanes so that city staff members could further investigate the issue.

Those seven roads are Cotton Hill Road, Dell Avenue, Eastman Shore Road North, Lucerne Avenue, McKinley Road, Regis Road and Wentworth Avenue.

The council also must decide what to do with the other 40 roads in question. It could declare some or all of these emergency lanes. If it decided not to provide this designation for some of these roads, it would be up to local residents to decide how they would plow or maintain the road.

But the underlying message Anderson wants to impart to the public is that, through the winter, at least, there will be no change in plowing, garbage pickup or maintenance on roads in Laconia.

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